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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd; New edition edition (Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859834914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859834916
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALAN ROWLANDS was born in Patricroft, Manchester. He spent two years researching and writing Trautmann, travelling extensively within the United Kingdom and Germany. He has been a contributor to numerous football magazines, radio broadcasts and has worked with The Footballer's Football Channel. He has also contributed to a documentary about the life of Bert Trautmann. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Miller on 6 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe there has not been a review of this book. As a fan who still loves the game, but despairs of the shallowness of most football literature, I find the lack of response to this book amazing.

Football biographies (auto, or otherwise) are usually appalling. Many of them were never that good in the past, but new depths have been plumbed with the celebrity status of many of today's stars and the general laziness of the modern writer/reporter. I can go into a bookshop and within 60 seconds establish that most football biographies have been merely the result of the writer (Ghost, or otherwise!) taking along a tape recorder and then regurgitating virtually ver batim. Pap, drivel and dross.

This book is the best football biogaphy I have read. Fabulously researched, never sychophantic and just one hell of a good story about a man who excelled at his craft, surmounted unbelievable obstacles, gave people an object lesson in the futility and mindlessness of prejudice and yet was not perfect.

If you can tell me of a more enjoyable football biography, I'd like to hear from you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jenny on 16 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
I urge all Trautmann and football fans to buy this book rather than the recent one written by Catrine Clay. Trautmann: A Biography is an amazing biography in itself, nevermind for that of a footballer. Trautmann has led an amazing life and it's all recorded here. Compared to it's successor, it seems a more personal and heart felt account of the footballer rather than a clinical text book which is essentially what Trautmann's Journey by Catrine Clay is. This book doesn't focus on just one aspect of his life like in the other book, but goes through his life from his time in the Hitler Youth, as a soldier on the Eastern Front, as a hot tempered POW with a love for football, as FA Cup legend, right up to the present where he is trying to develope Anglo-German relations through setting up the Trautmann Foundation. This account doesn't contain certain details compared to the other account, such as him stumbling across a massacre of Jews (which he was still not comfortable discussing at the time this was written), but this book is by far the more accurate and you really come out of it feeling like you personally know Bert. My favourite part of the book was about the Friar family, who Bert would eventually mary into, which gives us great insight to a post war English family in the north. This account is also not afraid to paint Bert as a bit of a brute at times, yet it is still easy to love and admire him. If you are struggling to decide which book to buy, I heartily recommend this, it is easily the best of the two.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mangilli-climpson m on 25 Dec 2010
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This book - reprinted twice since 1990, and easily readable, is bound to appeal to all soccer fans but naturally more those who follow the glories of Manchester City fans being the Roy of the Rovers hero of the Don Revie, Ken Barnes, Roy Paul team who won the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham City for the last half an hour with a broken neck.

Unlike many poor biographies on soccer greats they will be surprised how much the tale is indirectly related to the earlier book. It is the story of Bernd Trautmann, a Luftwaffe paratrooper from Bremen who served from 1941-45 both on the Eastern and Western Fronts, and shows many common joys and sorrows, and banter which all low rankers experience in any army regardless of country, ideology or culture. Take the case of when he got drunk and floored his Staff sergeant in Russia. He was sobered up his comrades by dropping him into a pit for 30 minutes where climatic conditions were -30°. If such an instant cure could not wake him up what could?

When the German Army was breaking up he was taken prisoner by the Americans in April 1945. He was shipped over to England where he was officially ranked "C", which was the mark of a Nazi, simply because as he was one who had lived in Germany since 1933 he was deemed to be someone who could not know any different. But with the War having ended being a "Nazi" or a "German" slowly came to matter very little in Britain wishing to move forward. It was his footballing skills and not his being German which came to be noticed and appreciated by many local scouts and literally thousands of fans flocking in at the St Helens Town ground where he was keeping goal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xpc1479 on 10 Oct 2013
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This book gives a very real insight into the life of Bert Trautmann, from his early life in post WW1 Germany, through until just before his sad passing earlier this year. I would thoroughly recommend it as a very interesting read.
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By Ruju on 20 Jun 2014
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When a work colleague who has no interest in football whatsoever asked me what I was reading (at break time obviously!) and I told him it was Bert Trautmann's biography, he asked who he was. I told him it was the goalkeeper who broke his neck in a cup final and carried on playing - he said he had heard of the incident. We were both born in the 1960s, by the way. It just shows how far the Trautmann legend has travelled.

I soon learned that there was a lot more to Trautmann than breaking his neck. From growing up in tough times in Germany, getting caught up in the Second World War and "taken prisoner" (read the book), before ending up in England and realising that the British weren't so bad after all. The book says a lot about English and German attitudes as well as seeing things from a more personal perspective.

Bert led a life that was often complicated and traumatic, but there is no doubt that some of his misfortunes were down to himself. The reader follows Bert through his playing career, his life after hanging up his gloves and his adventures until his retirement. At the end of the book are quotes from admirers and statistics.

Alan Rowlands is firmly in the Bert Trautmann camp and no doubt other authors might have chosen to make more of some of the big man's shortcomings which are mentioned here, but only briefly. However, Trautmann's status as a Manchester City, goalkeeping, and folklore legend is warranted and secure. His story is fascinating and brought to life by Rowlands in this readable biography.
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